Colourful snails, greyhounds, and a red lion
On Monday, 17th September, we, the students of 3HKA, went on a one-week language trip to the south of England. Together with our teachers, Ms Sutrich and Ms Pum, we arrived at Hove, near Brighton, in the evening and after a short introduction by a representative of the English school LSI, we were picked up by our host families and taken to the places where we were going to live during our stay.
On weekdays we attended English classes that – believe it or not – were a lot of fun. Our teachers at LSI, Ms Elaine and Ms Anna, packed the lessons with fun games and interesting topics and sometimes also took us to Hove.
Of course, we also explored Hove and Brighton on our own. So, we went to see a race of greyhound dogs at Hove stadium, had a look at the famous chocolate store ‘Choccywoccydoodah’ in Brighton, and strolled along the pebbled beach with Brighton Pier stretching into the English Channel. One evening we all went bowling at Brighton Marina.
During our visit of Brighton’s most famous building, the quite extraordinary Royal Pavilion, we all admired the exotic decoration of the Banqueting Room and the magnificent Great Kitchen. Throughout Brighton and Hove we found beautifully designed and painted giant snail sculptures that were part of a fundraising campaign.
However, we also went to the surrounding area of Brighton. In Rottingdean, a lovely village, we visited ‘Kipling’s Garden’ and the romantic Windmill. Hiking along the very windy beach trail of the Seven Sisters Country Park, we finally enjoyed the spectacular views of the famous chalk cliffs.
On the weekend we went to London by train. We saw all major sights such as Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, but also a fairly new statue commemorating a well-known suffragist.
At Trafalgar Square there was a red lion producing poetry (which is, of course, only a temporary sensation). Visiting the British Museum on a rainy Sunday morning and having a stroll along the south bank of the river Thames passing the Tower and Tower Bridge, the Globe Theatre, Tate Modern and St. Paul’s Cathedral, were only some of the highlights of our visit.
We all enjoyed this interesting and unforgettable week in England and hope to return there soon.
The students of 3HKA